In 1908 the Phillis Wheatley YWCA was founded as a place for African American women and girls. It because the first YWCA in South Hampton Roads. The first YWCA was named for Phillis Wheatley because of her contribution to African American women during her lifetime. She is considered one of the best known poets in pre-19th century America. For her many literary works and her passion for the elimination of slavery and racism in her lifetime, this Racial Justice Essay contest is aptly named, the Phillis Wheatley Racial Justice Essay. While this is not an exhaustive list, here are a few sources to learn more about Mrs. Wheatley: poetryfoundation.org; poets.org; pbs.org; nwhm.org.
Release date: Tuesday, January 24, 2017
Due date: Friday, March 3, 2017 by 5pm
Essay Question: Given the recent incidents in the news reflecting overt racism and bigotry in the United States, what strategies and solutions would you propose to enhance tolerance and understanding in your community?
To submit: High school juniors and seniors who reside and/or attend school in South Hampton Roads are eligible to participate. Essay guidelines and award info can be found in our official submission form. All entries must submitted through our official essay submission form, which can be downloaded here.
Any questions regarding the contest can be directed to firstname.lastname@example.org or 757-625-4248.